Creed was that movie that snuck up on a lot of people. It dove into a franchise that began in the 70s and hadn’t been touched in nearly a decade. The story of Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son was a definitely a new take on the Rocky franchise, and it paid off well, as the movie was well liked by audiences and highly regarded by critics. So much so, it got an Oscar nomination. That’s right! Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
The 2016 Academy Award Nominations came out and unlike previous years, I’m not sure how to react. Over the years, there’s always snubs and disappointments and that comes with any awards but this year seems different. While there are still questionable decisions, it seems that, dare I say it, the Academy might have actually gotten (most of it) right.
The Revenant is the big winner (if there ever could be one) today, leading the way with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. This was not a shock considering it’s been one long awards circuit gushing over the movie. That and no one tries to mess with the movie with a giant bear. Close behind is a great surprise with Mad Max: Fury Road earning 10 nominations. While it has been getting great press and was arguably the best movie of the summer, blockbusters never typically get recognized on this big of scale, especially in the Best Picture category (see: The Dark Knight). The Martian follows with seven nominations, despite director Ridley Scott not snagging one himself (more on that later). Other notables were Spotlight with six nominations and The Big Short (somewhat surprisingly in my opinion) coming in with five nominations.